• Painting Shakespeare

    Discover the paintings collection at the Folger—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. Henry Fuseli's gothic masterpiece Macbeth Confronting the Vision of the Armed Head draws on his fascination with fantasy, terror, and the supernatural. On view now.


  • Teresa Wood

    Folger Theatre: Timon of Athens

    Timon is a wealthy and popular aristocrat with one flaw—an excess of generosity. Directed by Robert Richmond, with Ian Merrill Peakes in the title role. Onstage through Jun 11.

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  • Wyndham Lewis and Timon of Athens

    Some of the Folger’s most engrossing illustrations of Timon of Athens come from early 20th-century artist Wyndham Lewis, who, like the title character of Shakespeare’s rarely performed tragedy, was something of a misanthrope.

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  • Bronwen Sharp

    Globe to Globe Hamlet Tour

    Hear the incredible story of how Shakespeare’s Globe in London sent a production of Hamlet on a two-year around the world. They finished on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, after having traveled 193,000 miles and performed in 197 countries.

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  • Lloyd Wolf

    The Wonder of Will: 400 Years of Shakespeare

    Thanks for joining us in celebrating Shakespeare and his extraordinary legacy through special events, exhibitions, performances, and more—online, at the Folger, and across the United States!

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Q&A: Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier shares about how she incorporated the themes of Othello into her novel New Boy, the latest book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. She will be reading at the Folger on Thu, May 25.

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Shakespeare Outdoors

With the weather getting warmer, we revisit a Shakespeare Unlimited podcast episode about the long-standing tradition of outdoor Shakespeare performances in America.

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Shakespeare Recites Shakespeare

Umberto Romano (1905-1982) reinterpreted the iconic Chandos portrait through the lens of modern art. On view in the Painting Shakespeare exhibition.

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  • Timon of Athens on stage thru June 11

    Materialism, money, and madness are explored in Shakespeare's social satire about a generous philanthropist who loses his riches—and his friends. Directed by Robert Richmond and featuring Ian Merrill Peakes in the title role. Called "sleek and strikingly conceived" by The Washington Post and "fascinating" by TheaterMania.

  • Hogarth Shakespeare Series: Tracy Chevalier

    New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring) will read from her latest novel New Boy, a re-telling of Shakespeare's Othello on Thursday, May 25 at 7:30pm

  • RSC Live: Julius Caesar

    A screening of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre's thrilling production of Julius Caesar on Monday, June 5 at 7pm inside the historic Folger Theatre. Angus Jackson directs this timeless political tragedy.

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